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3 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Next Fundraising Campaign (and free ebook!)

Amy Sample Ward

I’m honored to be included in a new ebook about marketing, fundraising, and social media. You can download the ebook, check out the various topics, and much more from: https://www.blackbaud.com/npexperts.

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Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

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Earlier this week, I had the terrific opportunity to participate on a panel at the US launch event for “Philanthropy and Social Media”, a whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy and The Indigo Trust.

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Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

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I recently got my copy of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine. In the foreward, Beth and Katie say that “measurement is the secret sauce; we provide the recipe.” ” And that they do!

Security and Control: Early thoughts on Google+

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Google+ , the latest iteration on social networking from Google, is here. There are bound to be many, many versions of this blog post as people from around the world start investigating the tool and sharing their impressions.

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Mastering Social Networking as a Volunteer

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Yesterday was the 2012 New York Cares Leadership Conference , and I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a session to volunteer leaders and inspiring community members.

5 Assumptions Every Community Manager Should Make Daily

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This post is cross-published from NTEN. Read the post and join the conversation on the NTEN blog. —– Normally, I stay away from assumptions: We all know the saying about what assuming does to you and me!

Unlock Fans While Engaging Supporters Beyond Like, Share and Comment

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The mystery of creating real impact using Facebook has eluded many organizations for years now. There are examples of organizations succeeding with a certain campaign but when the campaign is over, they aren’t sure what to do.

Crowdsourcing vs Community-sourcing: What’s the difference and the opportunity?

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Last week I presented for my second time with Nonprofit Webinars. The first time I focused on DIY Community Engagement Metrics and shared lots of templates and examples.

Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day

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Today, at the 2011 MyCharityConnects Conference in Toronto, I had a ton of fun leading a session and discussion around making the most of social media in just 30 minutes a day.

Using Twitter to Build a Community and Recruit Volunteers

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Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the 2011 Volunteer Management for Nonprofits Conference here in New York.

Have you said goodbye to Facebook custom tabs?

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As Mashable shared yesterday , PageLever’s analysis of 500 Facebook Pages (each with 10,000 fans or more) shows a dramatic decrease in custom tab views on Facebook after the transition to Timeline.

Try Qriously for free: Real-time data for your organization!

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Last week, I had a lot of fun test-driving Qriously , a new application that replaces advertisements on smart phones with questions, creating real-time feedback about the topics you are interested in.

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DIY Social Media Management

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Yesterday, I had a lot of fun giving another webinar for Nonprofit Webinars, this time focused on DIY Social Media Management.

Technology Toolbox: Learn from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy YOUR Street

Amy Sample Ward

“The revolution will not be televised.” Maybe not. Be as we have seen in events around the world, the revolution will be tweeted, photographed, mapped and posted to our status.

So, You’re Thinking About Blogging? How To: Create a Blog for your Organization

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Last year, I had the unique privilege to help facilitate The Local Philanthropy Workshop with the TechSoup Romania team. It was a lot of fun, and as much as I was asked to share some of my knowledge and ideas, I learned a great deal from the local participants.

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

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This morning, I had the huge honor of presenting the keynote at the 2011 MyCharityConnects Conference in Toronto, ON. I am so thrilled to have the chance to participate in this event and thankful for the invitation. The full keynote and presentation are below.

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Case Study from Stories of Our City: Using Qriously to get feedback from the world

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Qriously is a new application that puts questions you ask out to the world (or country, region, etc.) through replacing mobile ad space. I’ve played around with it and absolutely loved it ! So much so, that I gave away access to five organizations to try it themselves.

Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

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Today I’m in San Antonio, Texas, for the American College of Preventive Medicine annual conference. I’m joining a panel to talk about the response for support after the Haiti earthquakes last year.

Interview: SXSW4Japan Raises over $120,000 #sxswcares

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South by Southwest ( SXSW ) Interactive is a conference, that takes place each Spring in Austin, TX, with over 20,000 web influencers, emerging tech, and creatives. Last month, the Japan earthquake and tsunami occurred on March 11th 2011, the first day of the conference.

Community Engagement and Social Media for Public Media

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I recently had the opportunity to present a webinar for the National Center for Media Engagement , focused on community-driven engagement, and present a session at the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference , talking about building a social media strategy.

New on SSIR: A New Tool for Digital Storytelling

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My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is now posted – you can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR opinion blog , or in full below. —– I’m really excited by tools that enable digital or transmedia storytelling.

Great reads from around the web on May 9th

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I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of May 9th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

New on SSIR: Innovating at the Speed of Communities

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Here’s my latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review – you can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR Blog or below.

Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

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I’m in Austin, TX, today engaging with librarians, digital curators, and technologists working at the nexus of communities and knowledge at the Electronic Resources and Libraries annual conference. You can follow along with the sessions today through Wednesday using #ERL11.

In Defense of Community Managers

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Have you ever heard the phrase “herding cats&# used for our work? There are definitely times when community building and even campaigning or organizing feels just like that! But, operating as a community organizer or manager is such a filling and critical role for programs, platforms and even campaigns to be successful that the idea of herding cats turns into searching youtube for cutest kitten videos. Background.

Fostering Innovation and Enterprise: Thoughts on supporting the sector from #giveandtech

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I’m quite excited to participate in The Power of Information: New Technologies for Philanthropy and Development Conference in London, UK, put on by Indigo Trust , Institute for Philanthropy and the Omidyar Network.

NYU Guest Lecture: Data for Strategy Building and Storytelling

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Last week I had the huge honor of guest lecturing in Laurel Hart’s class for the masters course in Corporate and Organizational Communications at NYU’s school of continuing studies.

Marketing and Engagement: Making the most of your Emails

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Last week, I visited Omaha, Nebraska, and had a great time presenting to the PRSA Nebraska chapter. I shared results from the newest eNonprofit Benchmarks Study from NTEN and M+R Strategic Services.

Changing our vision of Change: Revisiting the Pollyanna Principles

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Last week, the New York Times ran an article exploring a segment of the nonprofit/social impact sector that the author saw as a small minority of organizations, but one I care deeply about: those that plan to go out of business.

The Evolution of NPTech: Keynote and slides

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Yesterday, I had the huge honor and pleasure to present the keynote at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits ‘ NPTech Conference, eStrategy in an iWorld. It was a terrific conference, with people from all areas of the state and all areas of the sector. There were interesting conversations at every turn and I also had requests to share my notes and slides. I also encountered quite a few people asking very similar questions, or looking for the same resources.

Book Review and Giveaway: The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising

Amy Sample Ward

In our work, regardless of the the cause we are passionate about it or the job title we have, we have to recognize that it isn’t all about the “function” of our work. Do you work in a communications department? It isn’t always about social media.

February 2011 Community Builder Chat Wrap-Up #CommBuild

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Today’s CommBuild chat brought together some regular participants and some new ones for a rich conversation chock full of examples and ideas to share! Get the chat archive!

7 Habits of Effective Personal Fundraisers from CauseVox

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I’m really excited to share this free ebook from the folks at CauseVox. They have worked with many organizations and individuals looking to fundraising online and are constantly sharing back what they observe and learn from the campaigns on their platform and elsewhere.

Your Nonprofit Video in the Spotlight (and on YouTube’s Homepage)

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The DoGooder Nonprofit Video Contest is back and calling for your best 2011 nonprofit videos! Are you a nonprofit? Did your organization create impactful videos in 2011? Do you want your organization to be recognized for making great videos and maybe win some incredible prizes? Perfect. The 6th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Contest is taking submissions starting February 1st. The contest is presented by YouTube and See3 Communications and generously sponsored by Cisco and us, NTEN.

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Community Building begins with Community Organizing

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Yesterday, I had a very fun time presenting with my friend and colleague Debra Askanase at the 2 011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. We focused on principles for community building and community organizing, as well as examples of both short-term and long-term engagement.

Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change

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[Note: The following is an excerpt of an article in the December 2011 issue of NTEN:Change. Read the complete article, "From Outcomes to Impact," by subscribing to the journal for free! ]. By Julie Macalik, with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success.

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Vote for the Winners of the 6th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards!

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[This post is cross-posted from the NTEN blog.]. With so many incredible videos submitted to this year’s contest it was no easy task, but judges in the 6th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards have narrowed down the field of entries to 16 finalists. Now, the YouTube community has the opportunity to get involved and cast their vote for the best nonprofit videos of the past year. The 16 finalist videos can be watched on the Contest homepage.

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New on SSIR: Slacktivism, the gateway to change?

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My latest post is up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review – you can read it and join the conversation at SSIR or read the repost below. —– I’ve been thinking about slacktivism a lot lately. I recently did a guest lecture at The New School on the topic, I’ve had countless conversations with colleagues and friends, and I’ve been capturing ideas and questions to myself on scraps of paper everywhere.

My Colorado Project empowers local change: Interview with Jason Manke

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I recently came across the My Colorado Project when Jason Manke connected with me, asking for feedback and ideas about community building and online community engagement tools.

Slideshare and Pinterest for Nonprofits

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I’m a monthly guest on Tony Martignetti’s Nonprofit Radio (which you already know because you’re a subscriber , right?) and on this last episode we talked about two popular tools: Slideshare and Pinterest.